Top Leptin and Weight Loss Stories of the Past Year
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Leptin continues to be the key to weight management and healthy weight loss. Below is a handy index so you can quickly look up articles of interest to you. To see the full article, click on the headline. The first three links are basic articles explaining leptin. Then there is a section of feature length articles that explain leptin in the context of various important health issues. Following that is the interesting news stories of the past year. Numerous scientific references are embedded within articles as links.
(Monday, January 12, 2009) - I have spent more than twenty years on the front lines of clinical nutrition helping thousands of people solve very difficult health problems – naturally. In all these years I have never encountered more powerful principles of health than those relating to leptin.
(Monday, January 12, 2009) - There are five simple rules that form the core of the Leptin Diet®. The quality of the food you eat is of course important. What is interesting about the Leptin Diet is that it is just as important when you eat as what you eat.
(Monday, January 12, 2009) - In order to really take charge of leptin you have to actively manage it. Think of leptin as the conductor of your orchestra; will you play beautiful music or does your body suffer from out of tune noise?
Key Leptin and Weight Loss Feature Articles
(Thursday, January 22, 2009) - Type II diabetes is a difficult metabolic problem. It is a national embarrassment that so many of our young people are becoming type II diabetic. It is a national disgrace that millions of type II diabetic patients are being injured with commonly used diabetic medications that are known to make their metabolic situation worse.
(Thursday, January 15, 2009) - It is very common that individuals who are overweight have a majority of the symptoms associated with a hypothyroid-like condition. This is especially true for those who have a history of yo-yo dieting or have difficulty losing weight by cutting back on calories and trying to exercise more.
(Wednesday, January 14, 2009) - Oprah is creating a lot of buzz after gaining forty pounds and simultaneously claiming she solved her thyroid problem. Her statements sent internet bloggers into a frenzy. How did she get off her thyroid medication? Did she really solve her thyroid problem? Isn’t this just a temporary break from a sinister and permanent thyroid illness? If her thyroid is in such great shape why did she pile on forty pounds?
(Monday, December 15, 2008) - The amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important calorie that influences your metabolic rate, favorably influencing weight loss. Quality protein also helps you sustain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, improve immunity, improve antioxidant function, build HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones. , and enhance insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time.
(Saturday, January 10, 2009) - Dietary fiber is one of the fundamentals of a healthy diet. In terms of using fiber to support weight management, I recommend 35 – 50 grams of fiber per day (men on the higher side), based on information presented in this article. A lack of adequate dietary fiber will eventually stall any weight-loss efforts.
(Sunday, January 11, 2009) - It’s time now to clear out the holiday sludge, get your appetite back under control, and kick your metabolism into gear. There is no better way to do this than my favorite quick weight loss plan, a modified diet plan that is high in quality protein and fiber.
(Tuesday, May 20, 2008) - The Leptin Diet, consistent exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and stress management skills are the foundation for successful weight loss. In many cases dietary supplements can be used to augment various metabolic problems that otherwise slow or impede progress. The following is a list of the typical challenges you are most likely to encounter while trying to lose weight, along with the most common reason for the problem and the basic solution that usually helps.
(Sunday, April 20, 2008) - Staying on a healthy diet is based on your ability to stay in charge of what goes into your mouth. As most people know, this is easier said than done. Just about every person needing to lose weight knows what they are supposed to be eating. When you do it right you don’t have to worry about eating too much because you simply don’t want to.
Leptin Breaking News and Leptin-Related Nutrient Articles
(Friday, January 09, 2009) - Guar gum is a unique soluble fiber, a type of non-digestible complex carbohydrate that holds water as it forms a gel in your digestive tract. This may have some rather profound effects on your metabolism, including the reduction of total cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, increasing HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones. , stabilizing blood sugar response to a meal, reducing digestive inflammation, curbing appetite, and assisting efforts at weight loss.
(Sunday, December 21, 2008) - How leptin works in your body has a profound influence on many aspects of your health. Individuals with psoriasis have leptin resistance (higher than normal levels of leptin in their blood), regardless of their body weight.
(Wednesday, December 10, 2008) - I have warned repeatedly that no person can win a willpower battle with out-of-control leptin. Oprah is the living proof, the yo-yo dieter who is the poster child for leptin problems.
(Monday, December 08, 2008) - New research confirms that the more sweets you eat the more likely it is that your tongue’s sweet sensors are disturbed, causing you to eat even greater amounts of sweets just to get a satisfied sweet sensation. Unfortunately, this craving for sweet pleasure is accompanied by eating too many calories in general and thus weight gain is likely.
(Sunday, December 07, 2008) - The progressive and improper accumulation of fat in your liver is a key marker that accurately reflects obesity-related disease risk. This is true regardless of where you gain fat.
(Saturday, December 06, 2008) - Many believe that a sluggish thyroid has led to obesity. A new study in children shows the opposite – that obesity inflames the thyroid leading to potentially life-long thyroid problems if the weight is not lost.
(Tuesday, November 25, 2008) - A new study shows that ensuring a higher percentage of calories from protein, when you are trying to lose weight, helps your body burn fat more efficiently. Controlling for glycemic index did not provide additional benefits; a stable base of protein was the key.
(Monday, November 24, 2008) - There are a lot of great anti-aging and metabolism boosting nutrients: DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. Must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement., pantethine, acetyl-l-carnitine, carnosine, R-alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extracts – the list goes on and on. In fact, most nutrients help cells function better and thus live longer. So, why is resveratrol Natural phenol or type of antioxidant found in red grapes, red wine. Research has shown beneficial effects as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents along with supporting healthy blood sugar and cardiovasculature function. vying for the position as King of the anti-aging nutrients – with a potent fat-burning twist thrown in for good measure?
(Thursday, November 20, 2008) - New research shows that obesity causes heart disease even if the obese person does not have high cholesterol or diabetes. Using advanced nanosensor technology researchers at Ohio University were able for the first time to pinpoint several mechanisms in humans that link obesity to heart disease. The findings center around the fat-hormone leptin, which I have written extensively about in several books.
(Wednesday, November 19, 2008) - Obesity is no laughing matter. A European-wide study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine leaves no doubt about the risk of your waistline to your health – regardless of any other health issues you do or don’t have.
(Friday, November 14, 2008) - Red Grape Seed Extracts (GSE) are a powerful cardio-protective compound. It has been known for some time that they strengthen arteries/capillaries, offer rather dramatic antioxidant protection for your arteries and heart, and through a number of mechanisms reduce the likelihood that plaque will form in your arteries.
(Wednesday, November 05, 2008) - A new study looking at sleep duration in 1138 children age 6 found that less than 10 hours of sleep on a regular basis increased the risk of obesity 420%.
(Monday, October 20, 2008) - Dopamine is an important nerve transmitter involved with reward. It is released when you eat, so that you know eating is good and thus you will survive. Some individuals don’t release a normal amount, thus they eat more to get the same feeling of satisfaction that someone else gets eating less food. A new study with advanced brain imaging while milkshakes were being consumed has proved this point.
(Sunday, October 19, 2008) - Snoring is a common problem that interferes with the health of the person who snores and the person who is disturbed by their partner snoring. A new study indicates that those with the worst problems eat the most junk fat, whether they are overweight or not.
(Friday, October 17, 2008) - I have repeatedly stated that high fructose corn syrup should be banned from the food supply. A new study confirms the diabolical nature of this substance to induce leptin resistance and consequent obesity – and future heart disease and diabetes.
(Tuesday, October 14, 2008) - Your liver is the metabolic brain of your body, the workhorse that processes, stores, and distributes every calorie you consume. Your liver must also work right for you to clear toxins of any kind, as well as to make bile for digestive purposes. As your liver function deteriorates, so goes your health in general. A new study shows that the nutrient NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) can prevent the adverse progression of liver deterioration that would be typical in any person that is overweight.
(Saturday, October 11, 2008) - Losing weight is hard enough, keeping it off is even harder. New research shows that even after maintaining an amount of weight loss for greater than one year, basal metabolism may still be in “hibernation” mode.
(Friday, October 10, 2008) - An emerging body of scientific data suggests that a lack of friendly flora in your digestive tract contributes to storing excess fat and becoming overweight. Researchers tested this in pregnant women, measuring the gut flora over the course of their pregnancy (in both overweight women and normal weight women).
(Sunday, October 05, 2008) - Several new studies into colon cancer have identified early changes that turn on wrong gene switches that in turn cause colon cancer. One study links obesity to colon cancer, the other study links digestive inflammation to colon cancer. The good news is that by taking proactive steps these adverse changes can be easily stopped.
(Saturday, October 04, 2008) - New research proves for the first time that viral infections activate the synthesis of fatty acids in human metabolism. In turn these fatty acids are used by the viruses to build the envelope that protects them, a process that is vital for viral replication. The researchers found that reducing fatty acid synthesis with drugs dramatically reduced viral replication. I find this study fascinating, but for different reasons. The information helps to explain why some people have very resistant weight problems, as low grade viral infections would keep a person’s metabolism making fat instead of breaking it down to use for fuel.
(Saturday, September 27, 2008) - New research indicates that problems with endothelial cells Single layer of cells that line the internal lining of blood vessels. They are involved with control of vascular tone and blood pressures along with exchange fo gas and metabolic products and extravasation of immune compounds. may trigger baby fat cells to grow up too fast, regardless of diet, opening up a whole new angle on the weight loss issue.
(Friday, September 26, 2008) - Until recently nobody knew exactly where your baby fat cells lived. In a new study clever scientists engineered mice so that baby fat cells would glow green, allowing them to pinpoint their exact location and to follow their development.
(Thursday, September 25, 2008) - A new study points out that the lack of sleep, all by itself, is enough to inappropriately raise cortisol later in the day. As I explained last week, too much cortisol turns off fat burning gene switches in your liver, leading to obesity risk.
(Wednesday, September 17, 2008) - New research has for the first time pinpointed the precise mechanism explaining how excess cortisol results in a fatty liver.
(Saturday, September 13, 2008) - Mother’s have a profound affect on the future health of their children, including the risk for obesity. Fetal programming and early infant development are times when the nervous system is “hard wiring” patterns that will have heavy influence for a lifetime.
(Thursday, September 04, 2008) - Brand new research has established that when leptin registers properly in your brain, signifying nutritional adequacy, an energetic gene switch is thrown called TORC1. TORC1 then activates multiple genes associated robust energy use, including genes that enable a woman to become pregnant (KISS1).
(Sunday, August 31, 2008) - This week the New England Journal of Medicine published a groundbreaking study linking low levels of BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) to obesity.
(Wednesday, August 27, 2008) - After a detailed molecular analysis of the fat of obese individuals compared to the fat of lean individuals it was discovered that the obese fat contained so many abnormalities relating to poor metabolic function that the researchers described it as “sick fat.”
(Monday, August 25, 2008) - A new study shows that fat around your arteries is a direct predictor of plaque within your arteries.
(Sunday, August 24, 2008) - A new study in mice indicates that a diet too high in fat programs several generations of mice to be at higher risk of diabetes even if they do not eat a high fat diet.
(Saturday, August 23, 2008) - The government-sponsored food pyramid has been linked to the obesity epidemic for some time. I have said for many years that if you want to look like a pyramid then eat like one. The refined and excess carbohydrate plan that is the food pyramid has just been dealt a death blow.
(Wednesday, August 20, 2008) - Researchers at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting presented multiple studies linking the frequency of childhood ear infections to the risk of obesity.
(Monday, August 18, 2008) - Individuals are deluded to think that drinking beverages containing no-calorie sweeteners will help them lose weight or at least not gain weight. A new study continues to debunk this myth.
(Sunday, August 17, 2008) - The near-useless FDA has said for a long time that the ingestion of MSG was safe, and so it is used as an addictive flavor additive in countless processed and branded foods in the United States. A new study of Chinese citizens says otherwise, showing that ingestion of MSG is directly linked to obesity.
(Wednesday, August 13, 2008) - In the politically correct egalitarian world of “health care for everyone” very little attention is paid to the concept of personal responsibility, much less how any such plan would actually be paid for. If you take care of yourself should you be obligated to pay for those who intentionally do not?
(Thursday, July 17, 2008) - A new study closely tracks the relationship of appetite to the development of obesity in children, hoping to shed light on why some kids don’t get fat and others do. The researchers found that as a child’s waistline gets larger, the full signal is blunted or delayed and the desire for food intake increases.
(Thursday, July 03, 2008) - A new study in overweight women shows that 900 mg per day of supplemental calcium increases their ability to burn fat for fuel. This ability is enhanced by vitamin D status.
(Wednesday, July 02, 2008) - Too many Americans are addicted to sweet taste and have an adversely altered taste perception. On the flip side of this coin is a more neutral reaction to bitter-tasting vegetables. New research in children shows that those with an increased aversion to bitter taste are six times more likely to become obese – a problem that is aggravated if their mother is also overweight.
(Tuesday, July 01, 2008) - New research confirms what many of you already know: whatever weight you managed to lose during the week is gained back on the weekend, resulting in Monday morning gloom as you look at the scale. Saturdays are king of fat intake, topping all other days of the week.
(Friday, June 27, 2008) - It is convenient for modern medicine to separate a patient’s problems into neatly divided specialty areas so that problems can be micro-analyzed by various specialists. This is convenient for treating, diagnosing, referring, and drug dispensing. This system generates income for the sickness industry but it often fails to understand the highly integrated nature of any problem you may be having.
(Thursday, June 26, 2008) - A new simple way to judge waistline size and health has emerged that applies to children, adults, and either sex. The goal is to keep your waist size to less than ½ your height. Just figure out your height in inches and divide by two.
(Sunday, June 22, 2008) - The drug industry is doing everything in its power to get leptin drugs on the market for some type of widespread weight-loss angle. The problem is that such drugs don’t work, because just about everyone who is overweight makes too much leptin. This was apparent back in 2002 when there were only 5000 leptin studies, now there are 14,000. Consumer beware – researchers paid by Big Pharma are actively and intentionally creating a twisted misrepresentation relating to how leptin works, solely to sell drugs.
(Wednesday, June 18, 2008) - Researchers documented that a potent brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was significantly boosted by 3 months of aerobic exercise – and the higher its level the less a person wants to eat and the greater their weight loss. This is the first time BDNF levels have been linked to appetite suppression – a significant finding.
(Monday, June 16, 2008) - In a strange twist of events your stomach’s hunger hormone, ghrelin, may help to protect you against stress-induced anxiety and depression. This “gift” of protection comes at a price – eating too much food in response to stress. This new information shows just how powerful stress eating can be, as this type of survival signaling is wired to your core subconscious brain.
(Thursday, June 12, 2008) - Fail to get enough restful sleep and the next day you will crave and eat too many carbohydrates – even getting drawn into the evil of snacking.
(Monday, June 09, 2008) - Studies detailing the effects of protein on rat brain neuro-circuitry have shown that higher protein meals increase your subconscious brains satiety signals, helping you feel full.
(Friday, June 06, 2008) - A diet of lean protein and low fat dairy, along with vegetables and fruit, was able to stop bone loss during weight loss – something that our government’s food pyramid guidelines could not do. Study participants consume 30% of their calories from protein, while the food pyramid recommends only 10% of calories from protein.
(Wednesday, June 04, 2008) - It’s obvious to just about anyone that excess sugar consumption makes you fat. Now we even have data to prove that excessive sugar consumption, mostly from sweetened drinks like soda, is up at a rate that would require a 1 hour jog per day just to burn of the extra calories.
(Monday, June 02, 2008) - Two new studies confirm the helpful role of Pine Nut Oil to reduce the desire to eat larger portions.
(Sunday, June 01, 2008) - Researchers at Baylor University tested 200 mg per day of Q10 in a group of trained and unconditioned male and female participants. A single dose of Q10 boosted the level of this important energizing nutrient in the blood, which correlated directly to muscle levels of Q10 and the ability of muscles to use oxygen.
(Saturday, May 31, 2008) - There appears to be a very large disconnect between what a person knows they should be eating and what they tend to eat. New research is demonstrating that emotional states of feeling, otherwise known as stress eating, take priority over logic when it comes to consuming food.
(Thursday, May 29, 2008) - A new study shows just how deadly refined carbohydrates are – even for a healthy person. One serving given to a lean and healthy young adult is adequate to triple the inflammatory response to the surge in glucose.
(Wednesday, May 28, 2008) - A new study involving Chinese citizens found that MSG intake of 330 mg a day doubled the risk for obesity, independent of diet and exercise.
(Saturday, May 17, 2008) - Research on female monkeys shows that those in a subservient role and under chronic stress ate significantly more food resulting in weight gain, compared to the female monkeys in the dominating role. New research on humans does show that women with poor stress management skills will keep eating after they are full simply to make negative emotional feelings go away.
(Thursday, May 15, 2008) - Just about everyone now realizes that the size of your waistline reflects your degree of cardiovascular risk. A new angle on the issue has emerged and it has to do with your stomach itself, as opposed to the amount of extra belly fat. It has to do with your stomach’s hunger signal, ghrelin.
(Thursday, May 15, 2008) - Several new lines of research are showing that ghrelin levels are elevated during digestive distress in an effort to coordinate repair of your digestive tract.
(Wednesday, May 14, 2008) - A great deal of eating behavior is buried in subconscious brain circuitry that was developed in your early life. Such programming is more like computer hardware than software, which is why many of us struggle to “change the eating programs.”
(Monday, May 12, 2008) - A new study shows that obese individuals have a 40% increased risk for dementia and an 80% increased risk for Alzheimer’s. Significant mental decline affects 10% of the elderly population and rates of Alzheimer’s are up 20% - consistent with the increase in obesity. There is no reason this has to happen.
(Monday, May 12, 2008) - When you eat less food, especially on a diet, there comes a time when weight loss slows down. At this time you will start getting an increase in hunger that is coming from a hormone signal in your stomach called ghrelin. New research shows that ghrelin levels go up (meaning increased hunger) as thyroid function is impaired and becomes sluggish.
(Monday, May 12, 2008) - Scientists inject ghrelin (pronounced GRAY-lin) into the blood of normal weight people. While measuring their brain activity these subjects are shown pictures of food and the ghrelin makes them drool. Core animal pleasure is activated. Yes, they must have it. Stimulus-response, a modern Pavlovian dog experiment.
(Saturday, May 10, 2008) - In a recent study it came as a surprise to researchers when they found that sucrose and high fructose corn syrup elevated blood triglycerides much higher than did fructose over a 24-hour period. This little problem throws a monkey wrench in the idea that all simple sugars are more or less the same. It explains one main contributor to obesity and heart disease.
(Thursday, May 08, 2008) - Every person in American is being exposed to a wide variety of fat soluble toxins that tend to bio-accumulate in their fat as they get older. Managing your detoxification systems properly as you lose weight can be an important determining factor in how much progress you make and whether of not you reach an optimal goal weight.
(Monday, May 05, 2008) - A variety of reports in the past decade have indicated that calcium may be a helpful weight loss nutrient. This prompted the dairy industry to widely promote milk as a weight loss food. On May 5, 2008 a press release reports on an article that will soon appear in the Nutritional Reviews journal that states “neither dairy nor calcium intake promotes weight loss.” For consumers this simply becomes another “butter vs. margarine” or “are eggs good or bad” dilemma. Extra calcium is one tool that can actually help many people to lose weight in a healthy way.
(Saturday, May 03, 2008) - Extra fat does a lot more than clog arteries. Inflammatory proteins coming from fat directly damage the heart – whether you feel just fine or not. That is the conclusion of new John Hopkins Medicine research tracking 7000 obese men and women across the United States – watching them descend from no heart disease into poor cardiovascular health.
(Wednesday, April 30, 2008) - The data is now in and it is not good for the junk food industry. The more fast food and convenience store outlets in your neighborhood the more likely you are to be obese and diabetic. The study, Designed for Disease: the Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes, was conducted in California but certainly applies though out U.S.
(Sunday, April 27, 2008) - New research now shows that the drop in a fat hormone called adiponectin Protein hormone that modulates metabolism including glucose and fatty acid catabolism. High levels are associated with low body fat. is associated with an inflammatory-driven decline in kidney function. By fixing leptin problems adiponectin Protein hormone that modulates metabolism including glucose and fatty acid catabolism. High levels are associated with low body fat. can be elevated to natural levels and the risk for kidney disease can be lowered.
(Tuesday, April 22, 2008) - Novel mice experiments carried out by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are helping to clarify the relationship of fat and disease. Mice bred not to be able to store fat, which were then fed a high fat diet, became diabetic and diseased much faster than the mice who could store the surplus calories as fat.
(Sunday, April 20, 2008) - It remains a considerable challenge for the American public to find fresh food of adequate quality. We all know we should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, but many of them are contaminated with pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides. Virtually all chemicals used work by poisoning the nervous system of the pest, meaning they are fat-soluble and able to irritate the lining of your arteries and cross your blood brain barrier. Levels far below what causes cancer are able to initiate metabolic disruption, thyroid dysfunction, and cardiovascular irritation.
(Thursday, April 17, 2008) - It was just discovered that belly fat cells make an appetite signal which increases as you become overweight, causing you to crave more food, which makes you even fatter in the abdominal area, in turn causing you to crave even more food.
(Sunday, April 13, 2008) - While there is no quick fix for cellulite, there are definite things you can do to stop the problem from getting worse and even improve the appearance of the problem.
(Sunday, April 13, 2008) - A new British study links inflammation from the womb (low birth weight babies) through early life weight gain and shows that this issue sets the stage for cardiovascular disease in later life.
(Thursday, April 03, 2008) - The importance of a mom being healthy body weight prior to pregnancy and having good nutritional status and eating habits has now been driven home by a new autism study. The study showed that children who develop early autism have significantly higher blood levels of leptin. Those levels are high because of adverse fetal programming due to a leptin resistant mother.
(Tuesday, April 01, 2008) - A wide range of cutting edge obesity research was presented at a Conference held March 28, 2008 in Great Brittan. The conference focused on the importance of prenatal, postnatal, and early childhood eating as a determinant for later life food choices and obesity risk.
(Tuesday, April 01, 2008) - By experimenting with mice that were bred to have no sweet-taste ability, a direct link of food intake to pleasure has been identified for the first time. This mechanism is important because it links food acquisition directly to addictive or stress-related eating “solutions.”
(Tuesday, April 01, 2008) - A three decade study looked into the relationship between abdominal fat and the risk for developing dementia. The findings are not good news for any person with extra weight around the middle. It was revealed that the larger your waistline in your 40s, the greater the risk for developing dementia in later life.
(Monday, March 17, 2008) - A new study involving twins helps to document the precise nature of inflammation as a major causative factor in obesity. This information can help you focus on what you really need to work on to improve the situation.
(Monday, March 17, 2008) - Scientists are now linking precise mechanisms showing how immune cells stimulate new fat cells, causing obesity.
(Monday, March 17, 2008) - A wake up call has been issued to women. If you are overweight and you get breast cancer it is more likely to be life threatening, and you have significantly poorer odds of being alive 5 or 10 years following treatment if weight issues are not corrected.
(Sunday, March 09, 2008) - Problems with elevated blood sugar lead to obesity, difficulty losing weight, diabetes, accelerating aging (due to caramelization of body tissues), and a host of other serious problems. Researchers have now identified the switch that must work right in order to correctly maintain normal function of blood sugar metabolism. Following the Leptin Diet naturally promotes fitness and correct function of this switch.
(Sunday, March 09, 2008) - A fascinating study shows that children lacking good digestive bacteria at birth were much more likely to become overweight by age 7 compared to children with healthy levels of friendly digestive bacteria.
(Tuesday, February 19, 2008) - New information helps to explain how breast and prostate cancer are linked to obesity. Two hormones that come from fat, leptin and adiponectin Protein hormone that modulates metabolism including glucose and fatty acid catabolism. High levels are associated with low body fat. , are involved in the problem.
(Saturday, February 16, 2008) - Numerous genes are different in those whose ancestors came from more Northern climates, especially changes in the leptin receptors. This clearly means the stronger your ancestry is linked to colder climates the more you are genetically predisposed to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
(Wednesday, February 13, 2008) - It has been known for some time that an expanding waistline is directly reflective of improper fat accumulation in the liver. Instead of looking like a lean cut of beef the liver looks more like a slab of bacon. Even worse, this bacon fat “cooks” under the influence of free radicals and can eventually turn the liver crispy – as happened to Mickey Mantle (alcohol excess makes the problem worse). This improper accumulation of fat in the liver throws a monkey wrench into metabolism and is a significant factor in almost all difficult weight loss problems.
(Monday, February 11, 2008) - Norwegian researchers found that obese individuals were significantly lacking in vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. This lack of nutrients was associated with a mild elevation of C-Reactive protein, an important inflammatory marker.
(Monday, February 11, 2008) - A February 2008 meta analysis regarding children and their lack of sleep is driving home an important point: children who do not get enough sleep are much more likely to gain excess weight. Children with the least amount of sleep had a 92% higher rate of being overweight compared to the best sleepers.
(Wednesday, February 06, 2008) - The latest finding in a considerable body of evolving knowledge shows that poor development of leptin-related brain circuitry while in the womb is one common cause of later-life obesity. Individuals who have this developmental weakness (which is no fault of their own) have little or no margin for error in how they live their life, unless they wish to place themselves on the fast track of accelerated aging and early onset of the diseases of aging….
(Tuesday, January 22, 2008) - The circumstantial evidence has been in for quite some time, the larger the abdomen the greater the risk for heart disease…
(Tuesday, January 22, 2008) - A new study shows that ghrelin, your stomach’s very own appetite signal, is much more under control for a longer period of time in response to a high protein meal. When carbohydrates are eaten alone ghrelin is temporarily happy, but comes back with a vengeance 3 hours later (causing you to be more hungry).
(Tuesday, January 08, 2008) - A variety of new studies regarding the health benefits of whey protein, especially for middle aged and older Americans, are now being reported in the scientific literature. Whey protein stands out as the very best protein to build muscle strength, even superior to red meat. A new scientific review finds this is a very important issue for older Americans trying to maintain their health…
(Wednesday, January 02, 2008) - Each year countless Americans make the New Years resolution to lose weight and each year the best dieting efforts of many are met with frustration and mediocre, if any, success. Public health pundits keep preaching to exercise more and eat less – a message everyone already knows. What can you do?
(Wednesday, January 02, 2008) - I have long reported that sleep is the primary fat-burning time, especially when a person does not eat food before bed. Of course if you exercise you will burn more calories during and following exercise; but in terms of the ideal time of the day to simply burn more fat it is during sleep. Between meals during the day (assuming you do not snack) you will burn 60% glucose and 40% fatty acids. After 6 hours of not eating (such as during sleep) this ratio flips around and you begin to burn 60% fatty acids until you wake up, your prime fat-burning time if you have managed your daily eating patterns according to the Leptin Diet.
(Wednesday, December 26, 2007) - Researchers at Tel Aviv University are the first to identify a link between bad breath and being overweight. Alcohol intake was also a problem. While it is well known that poor dental hygiene is a typical factor in bad breath, it can now be understood that poor metabolism and/or poor digestive health may be large factors in this issue.
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